Rutgers will allow 22 Sandy victims to play in spring game

Rutgers will allow 22 Sandy victims to play in spring game


[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ebraska made national headlines when Jack Hoffman, a 7-year old who is battling brain cancer, rushed for a 69-yard touchdown on the last play of the Huskers’ spring game Saturday.

Now Rutgers has a similar idea to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The school announced today that it will allow 22 children affected by the storm to play the final five minutes of its April 27 Scarlet-White game.

From the Rutgers Fooball Facebook page:

A total of 22 children from SIXTH through EIGHTH grade will have the opportunity to play the final five minutes of the game with their play impacting the final score!

Kids who were affected by Hurricane Sandy will be able to submit a short essay or photos and will be chosen to participate in the game.The children will spend the second half on the sideline with each of their respective teams before hitting the field for the game’s final five minutes at High Point Solutions Stadium.

(For more information and details on how to participate, visit the Rutgers Football Facebook page.)

Rutgers football is already supporting the victims of Hurricane Sandy in a major way. Proceeds from the game will go directly to the Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

The team will be sporting new helmets and jerseys which, instead of players’ names, will feature the names of ninety affected cities will be printed on the back of the jerseys. Additionally, Rutgers has raised more than $150,000 through sales of the ‘R Strong’ t-shirts.

Photo: Rutgers Football Facebook

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